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At Palomar Observatory, Things Still Looking Up

By Jamie Reno | Photography by Sergio Hernandez

Overlooking the scenic valley below but constantly looking up into the heavens, the Palomar Observatory is a source of pride for Pauma Valley residents. The world-renowned observatory, which is located atop Palomar Mountain, operates the famous Hale Telescope and the Samuel Oschin Telescope.

There’ve been numerous astronomical discoveries by Palomar researchers over the years, but among the most fascinating are Quaoar, Sedna, and Eris, three small worlds near the edge of the solar system billions of miles away. These objects were not only fascinating on their own, they also sparked the debate about whether Pluto is a planet.

At Palomar Observatory, Things Still Looking Up

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